NFL MVP Race Heats Up: Lamar Jackson Emerges as the Favorite


Dec 27, 2023

The NFL MVP race has been a rollercoaster ride over the past few weeks, with several frontrunners vying for the prestigious award. 

Brock Purdy, who was once the clear favorite, saw a drastic change in his MVP prospects following a subpar performance last week. He entered the week as a -200 favorite but now finds himself at +1200 odds at the FanDuel Sportsbook. It’s evident that one poor outing can drastically alter a player’s MVP chances in this volatile race.

Lamar Jackson has emerged as the new frontrunner, currently listed as the prohibitive favorite at -175. Jackson’s recent performances have catapulted him to the forefront of the MVP conversation, even though his numbers don’t quite match his phenomenal 2019 season.

While Jackson was impressive in his latest outing, throwing for 252 yards and two touchdowns and showcasing his trademark running ability, it was Baltimore’s stout defense that stole the show. Nevertheless, his value to the team cannot be solely measured by statistics, as he continues to be a dynamic playmaker.

Tua Tagovailoa could become a contender if the Dolphins secure the top seed in the AFC. Tyreek Hill, the Dolphins’ wide receiver, might also enter the conversation with his impressive yardage and touchdown numbers.

However, determining the MVP winner this year is no easy task, as no player has truly stood out as a clear-cut favorite. 

The MVP race remains wide open, and as we approach Week 17, there’s no consensus on who deserves the award. Lamar Jackson may be the current frontrunner, but the unpredictable nature of the NFL means that anything can happen in the final weeks of the season. Stay tuned as we watch this captivating race unfold.

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